FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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District Man Pleads Guilty to Felony Animal Cruelty Charge
In Violent Killing of Puppy
- Defendant Dropped Cement Slab on Sleeping Dog -
WASHINGTON – Sean Delontay Branch, 24, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to a charge of felony cruelty to animals in the killing of a puppy last summer behind a Northeast Washington convenience store, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Branch entered the guilty plea on Sept. 24, 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. scheduled sentencing for Nov. 27, 2012. Branch faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.
According to the government’s evidence, on the morning of June 29, 2012, King Tut, a six-month-old puppy, was tied to a fence behind the Circle Seven Express store in the 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE. Branch was angry at King Tut’s owner that morning. When the owner walked away momentarily, Branch approached the sleeping dog and dropped a cement slab, weighing more than 90 pounds, on the pet. A witness flagged down the dog’s owner to inform him of what happened. When the owner returned, the dog was dead.
In announcing the guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Washington Humane Society. U.S. Attorney Machen also thanked Paralegal Assistants Debra McPherson and D’Yvonne Key for their work on this case. Finally, he acknowledged the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalia Medina Burnett, from the Fourth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who is prosecuting this case.12-334